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influence of chris daly in working toward program goals, and whereas he will be leaving as a member of the san francisco board of supervisors in january 2011 and will also leave his position as a director of astransbay joint powers authority, -- director of the trasnbay joint powers authority, the authority wishes him continued success and happiness in all his future endeavors, and i want to say on my behalf and certainly on behalf of staff how much we have really appreciated all your efforts, directors. your courage, your integrity has just been commendable, and i want to thank you for all the years you fought along our side. you did fight the hard battles with us till the wee hours of the moment, and at all times, you have conducted yourself with honor.
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even when things were not necessarily popular, you were there for us. but for your support and help all these years, we would not be here today. i personally want to thank you. i want you to know that i'm going to miss you terribly. we hope that we can continue to have you involved in our project. we want to make sure -- and invite you to the major milestones and keep you apprised. thank you very much for everything you have done. you are a good man, and we tell everybody that. thank you. director ford: i would like to follow up -- well, director cohen. director cohen: i was in public service with supervisor daly for about 10 years. there were many issues over
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those 10 years that we were not on the same side. it was a matter of public policy, but it was really nice to have the opportunity on a project to be on the same side of an issue. as formidable of an adversary that you were, you were a better ally, so i appreciate that and wish you the best of luck. >> it has been a pleasure to work with chris, to follow his career, of stand-downs', nays and yeas. good luck. thank you. director ford: it has been a pleasure to have you on this board, and i think we have done some great work over the past few years of advancing this project. the staff has brought us good decisions, and we have been able to support them the majority of the time.
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they have brought things before us, and largely due to your advocacy for this project and your discerning the critical issues from a policy standpoint, we have been able to accomplish a great deal, and you will be missed. i really enjoyed working with you in your capacity as a director of this board, and i look forward to working with you in the future because i know you are going to be around. thank you. director daly: thank you. i'm going to take a very brief moment. let me thank maria and the whole tjpa family for your work. if you sit on enough of these boards, you realize that while technically, the staff works for the board, in reality, in terms of the labor of love and the time and effort and energy, the board's really do work for the
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staffs. fortunately, we have a very good one here. thank you to my colleagues, present and past, here on the tjpa. i have only been here for eight years. i think tony really wanted to be here when i was first elected, and for some reason, acquiesced. but it is not really in my nature to not see things through to final completion, so i'm really not ready to go. and somehow my goal is still here. [laughter] i figured there has got to be a way that i can hang on. but probably, i will just have to secret development through to near completion, and the actual digging and contract letting and
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construction will have to be overseen by others that follow, but they will have pretty much the same staff and family here doing the work, so the project is in very good hands. thank you very much. one other point -- i was doing one of these interviews, and they asked me about transbay, and i was not even thinking. it was probably on my phone or my i had doing something else, and i was giving an interview at the same time, and i just went into the talking points about climate change and a new neighborhood and affordable housing, and i was talking 40 we will or three minutes of ourtransbay -- about transbay not paying attention, and i had to stop myself and say that i was really giving the talking
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points, but when i stop to think about it, this is an incredible project, and i probably have been rounded and involved in too long to fully appreciate how incredible it is. you have to take a few steps back to look at it, and if you think about the -- about climate change, about the future of the state of california and our transportation systems, if you go to enough regional government meetings and talk about regional airport expansion and you have that kind of perspective, trust me, this is huge. it has been my honor, my pleasure to have been part of it over the last eight years. thank you. director ford: ok, do i have a motion? it has been moved and seconded. all those in favor? you can abstain. ok. all right, we have 3 ayes and one abstention.
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>> item 15 is a resolution of appreciation for director mark church, who was unable to be here. >> i have a resolution to read for director church. where is mark church is san mateo county supervisor has served as the board of directors at the trans the joint power authority since 2009, representing the joint powers board and where is the trans the joint powers authority has greatly benefited from the experience and knowledge that mark church has brought to the decisions of the authority and where is the accomplishments of the joint powers authority would not have been possible without the guidance and assistance of mark church, and whereas in june 2010, mark church was elected by the voters of san mateo county to serve as county clerk recorder and chief elections officer and he will be relieving his position as director of the board, therefore be it resolved that the trend a power authority expresses its most sincere appreciation for the work of mark church as a member
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of the board of directors and be it further resolved that the director of the authority which is mark church continued success and happiness in all his future endeavors. if you could convey to director church our sincere appreciation, thank him on our behalf. certainly when he was most needed, he certainly was there for us, and we appreciated his support and always making himself available to staff to meet with him and seek his guidance on many critical issues, so please, thank him on our behalf. >> i will. and mark asked me to express his gratitude for this award yesterday at our board meeting, we recognize them also because his new position will require his not being on or not allow us to be on these various boards. mark also said please extend to all of you his regrets at not
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being able to make all the meetings, which was good for me because i got to come, but he is now chairman of the state seismic safety committee, and they have been meeting on the same date and time as this group does, but he says thank you and stay in touch, and i will see him tomorrow. thank you very much. director ford: pass on our appreciation from colleagues at the board. thank you. motion to approve? it has been moved and seconded. motion carries. >> item 15 is approved. at this time, you are scheduled to go into closed session. we have not received any indication that a member of the public wishes to address you on the item. so you have an opportunity to do so now. we will
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>> i have 2 job titles. i'm manager of the tour program as well as i am the historyian of city hall. this building is multifaceted to say the very least it's a municipal building that operates the city and county of san francisco. this building was a dream that became a reality of a man by the name of james junior elected mayor of san francisco in 1912. he didn't have a city hall because it was destroyed in the earth wake of 1906. construction began in april of 1913. in december 1915, the building was complete. it opened it's doors in january
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1916. >> it's a wonderful experience to come to a building built like this. the building is built as a palace. not for a king or queen. it's built for all people. this building is beautiful art. those are architecture at the time when city hall was built, san francisco had an enormous french population. therefore building a palace in the art tradition is not unusual. >> jimmie was an incredible individual he knew that san francisco had to regain it's place in the world. he decided to have the tallest dome built in the united states.
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it's now stands 307 feet 6 inches from the ground 40 feet taller than the united states capital. >> you could spend days going around the building and finding something new. the embellishment, the carvings, it represents commerce, navigation, all of the things that san francisco is famous for. >> the wood you see in the board of supervisor's chambers is oak and all hand carved on site. interesting thing about the oak is there isn't anymore in the entire world. the floors in china was cleard
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and never replanted. if you look up at the seceiling you would believe that's hand kof carved out of wood and it is a cast plaster sealing and the only spanish design in an arts building. there are no records about how many people worked on this building. the workman who worked on this building did not all speak the same language. and what happened was the person working next to the other person respected a skill a skill that was so wonderful that we have this masterpiece to show the world today.supervisor avalos: ,
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welcome to the budget and finance committee. my name is supervisor john and avalos. i enjoyed to my right by sean elsbernd. to my left, ross mirkarimi. mr. young, can you share with us your announcements? >> please turn off all cell phones and pagers. if you wish to speak during public comment, please fill out a speaker card and turn it into myself. items acted upon today will appear on the board of supervisors agenda on december 14, 2010 unless otherwise stated. supervisor avalos: thank you.
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colleagues, today is the last budget committee meeting of the year. it has been quite a year, and it will be quite a meeting, i'm sure, especially with the america's cup discussion. that, we will probably get to, for those of the waiting in the audience, probably about 12:30, 12:45. since we have a long meeting, i expect a short break after that to get to the latter items on the agenda. could you please call item one. >> item 1. ordinance appropriating $2,385,068 of visitacion valley infrastructure fee revenue from the visitacion valley infrastructure fund, including $2,169,200 in the public library for the visitacion valley branch library project and $215,868 in the department of public works, for the planning and design of utility undergrounding on leland avenue
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for fy2010-2011, and placing $1,156,304 on controller's reserve in the public library pending receipt of visitacion valley infrastructure fee revenue. >> good morning, members of the committee. jon low, office of soapy maxwell. i wanted to give you the history of this corporation before you. the infrastructure fund was approved by the board in 2005 to support public infrastructure development needed to mitigate the impact of a dramatic increase in residential development projected for the neighborhood at the time. eligible expenditures of fund revenues included the areas of active recreational space, library facilities, community facilities, and streetscape improvement. the ordinance before you has two key projects, among them, the
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library and the underground of utilities on leland avenue. staff, dpw's street design team is here. i will just say, the city has invested already in these two projects. the supervisor feels it is appropriate to finalize and assert our commitment to this effort for which this appropriation would accomplish. the library has had to borrow money from their preservation fund, which they need to restore, and a supplemental would make dpw complete. the undergrounding of utilities on a leland would help with leveraging and attracting future dollars. happy to answer any questions. supervisor avalos: thank you. >> i have an overhead that i want to show. good morning, supervisors.
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i am the chief financial officer of the library. i am here to discuss the public library portion of this request. the total developer contribution of the branch library was deemed to be $2,169,900 as part of the branch library improvement program, property was acquired, a new branch library was designed for completion in june 2011 the board of supervisors approved in advance $2 million from elaborate preservation fund in anticipation of subsequent receipt of funds from the infrastructure funds. the library is now seeking appropriation of $2,169,000, of which $1,065,000 is currently available. we are requesting the balance
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of 1,174,000 ballots be placed on controllers reserved for the library pending collection of additional infrastructure fees. supervisor avalos: thank you. >> project manner bear for the department of public works great streets program. the purpose of utility undergrounding is to eliminate the overhead wires along leland avenue. that is both for ease of maintenance and aesthetics. this was the number one request of the community coming out of the planning process in 2006. the scope of this current request is covered, design work, including utility agencies, on the run in districts, community outreach, and development of a funding plan for the property
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owner conversion portion of the work. the total request about is $215,000.800 $60. -- $215, 868, 000. >> thank you. let's hear from the budget director. >> i would note, the public library used to million dollars of the requested infrastructure funds that are being requested to be appropriated under this ordinance. that would be to prepay library preservation fund that had already been advanced and expended for this project. also on page 7 of the report, we point out this infrastructure fund has an available balance of $1.7 million, however, the
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proposed ordinance would appropriate $2.3 million. so therefore, given there are not sufficient funds currently in the visitacion valley infrastructure fund, the remaining balance of $1.5 million would be placed on comptroller reserves, and that is included in your legislation. we recommend you approve this ordinance. supervisor avalos: thank you, mr. rose. colleagues, comments, questions? why don't we go on to public comment. we are opening up public comment to item one relating to the visitacion valley library. >> my name is francisco decosta. the explanation given to us is
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like reading your pg&e bill. every time it changes. there is relevant documentation that goes but this. what you see here is that businesses in executive park, which is not part of visitacion valley, have to pay the visitacion valley infrastructure fees. so you supervisors, and those of you who do the analysis, have to understand that the developers are held hostage. this is becoming a fashion. in the dire economic times, as you know, and you will be hearing a lot of items tied to the economy, it is very difficult for the developers to pay this money. but because you supervisors, at
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another time, when the economy was better, got past the visitacion valley infrastructure fees, not paying attention who was contributing to this fund, now as the budget analyst has revealed to you, there is less than $2 million. i have not heard you supervisors asked the people presenting whatever was being presented in a convoluted matter for line item fees or expenses. some grants were given and wanted to use it but they could not use it because they were for carbon emissions. this 18-page document has it all
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here. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. let me call a few cards. fran martin. peter orfield. john dogerdoge. >> i am disappointed to see two minutes on the clock. when the capital planning committee took this up, i was present and asked questions. the controller got confirmation from the library about what was happening with the money. i would say there is a bit of a shell game going on, and the pg&e characterization is an understatement of the complexity here. there were two questions basically. first, the purpose of the visitacion valley community
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facilities and infrastructure fee and fund was to "mitigate the impact from residential development on public infrastructure in visitacion valley, including libraries, streets, and so on." i would appreciate if the supervisors paid attention. the question is, what, in fact, is a mitigation of an impact of development? is that a legitimate use to underground existing wires? i do not oppose undergrounding, i think it is great. it should happen everywhere, but is that an appropriate use, especially when the library is hurting for operating funds and cannot provide service in the fifth district while park branch is closed? that deprives the community a years of service. the other issue is what is happening with the money. can the developers pay it?
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what is happening with page 1-1. the public library is intending to use $2 million in a proposed ordinance to reimburse their preservation fund, which will then be we appropriated to other projects. so, in other words, it looks like a raid on library preservation funds one way or another to put money that is normally for other operations -- supervisor avalos: thank you. is there anyone else from the public that would like to comment? >> my name is fran martin. we are the organization that instituted this fee in the first place. we asked for infrastructure funding in our neighborhood.
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in termwe really want this to go forward. it is only paying back what has already been borrowed. it is only fair that the developers and the new people moving in participate in making this a better neighborhood. there is no point to put this housing in if there is no infrastructure. in terms of the location, the boundaries, executive clark, all you have to do is look at the map. visitacion valley, guadalupe watershed. this ieeir was just put out for theupe upc development, but the
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impact will be in visitacion valley. i cannot think why anyone would be against visitacion valley getting these fees from the impact. supervisor avalos: thank you. any other member of the public that would like to comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor mirkarimi. supervisor mirkarimi: it is a good question. the intimation by some of the concerns from the public with regard to the undergrounding -- i am a big fan of that. in this case, if there is an assignment of dollars, then maybe one to speak to it. i have not heard it done before, using dollars from


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